The Business Chat – Business is like sailing

Whew, I’m back in the land of internet access. For the past while I’ve been living my other side of my split personality, Sailorgirl Jewelry has been just plain Sailorgirl as I floated around Florida and the Bahamas on my wee white sailboat. A thought occurred to me one day as I stared off into the blue horizon, running a business is quite like sailing. When we go sailing we make a plan. We have a starting point and we have a destination. We study charts and we listen to weather forecasts. We plan a route. When we begin a …

Flux

Not bead related – but absolutely amazing! F L U X from candas sisman on Vimeo. by the courtesy of Plato Art Space (Plato College of higher education) ilhan koman hulda festival, a journey into art and science exhibition Ayvansaray Caddesi No:33 Balat – İstanbul 22 September – 31 october video and sound design by Candas Sisman commissioned by Plato Art Space (Plato collage of higher education) thanks to :İlhan Koman, Bager Akbay, Gorkem Sen, Burcu Beslioglu, Plato Art Space (Plato collage of higher education), Koman foundation, Deniz kader csismn.com PlatoSanat.com huldafestival.org koman.org/​

New This Week!

Many Strings Attached Many, many strings attached to this week’s update – and knots are an option! Oh, the look of silk – the intensity of the colours – the fine lustreous sheen. And the feel! The smooth, soft, caressable touch of it! Don’t you just love silk! Silk strings – in a rainbow of wonderful colours – You can knot with them, or just grab a bunch and twist together and hang a pendant! I’m so excited by these! (Doesn’t take much to make me happy!) And, if you want something a little earthier – for contrast – check …

New This Week!

Many Strings Attached Many, many strings attached to this week’s update – and knots are an option! Oh, the look of silk – the intensity of the colours – the fine lustrous sheen. And the feel! The smooth, soft, caressable touch of it! Don’t you just love silk! Silk strings – in a rainbow of wonderful colours – You can knot with them, or just grab a bunch and twist together and hang a pendant! I’m so excited by these! (Doesn’t take much to make me happy!)And, if you want something a little earthier – for contrast – check out …

Lampworkers Trunk Show

One more little reminder 😉 As if you all haven’t heard enough about it already!  We’re all so looking forward to Saturday. Of course come for an awesome selection of handmade beads from: Lezlie Winemaker Susan Stortini Amy Waldman-Engle Carol Cooper Deborah Read Laurie Wright Tanja Ostwald Natali Elly Peters Becky Greensall Alicia Niles Nortel Manufacting (Glass and Tools) Dwyn and I will also have a small selection there as well.  Dwyn is sending along her dragon eyes! We also have demo’s happening ALL DAY! If you’ve ever been curious about the process, thought about possibly taking a class, or …

Chainmaille & Fibre Arts Classes AT beadFX

Chainmailling at beadFX Since blogging about the Scott David Plumlee classes, we’ve gotten very positive responses. The event promises to be a truly exciting one. Scott will also be lecturing at the Toronto Bead Society while he’s in town. So visit the Toronto Bead Society website for more information on this lecture. There are 7 workshops to choose from. Are you a beginner? Try the Tripoli Earrings class. Are you looking for something more challenging? Try the Romanov Bracelet class. BeadFX will also be stocking these kits, so if you would like to take home a few extra kits with …

Survey Says: What is your favourite type of jewelry?

Each month, we have a little contest where we give away a prize or gift certificate, and while you are entering, we sneak in a question – just a little something to help us understand you and what you really want. (This month’s survey is here.) Last month, we asked: What is your favourite type of jewelry? Necklaces? Bracelets? Earrings? Sets? Something else … ? The responses surprised me – bracelets are the clear winner! Bracelets came in as the most popular, and earrings came in a little ahead of necklaces. Sets are also extremely popular, and rings have a …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Alternatives to a steel pan

Many of the base metal clays require that one fires them in activated carbon. This requires some form of vessel to contain the carbon. One of the most common methods is to use a stainless steel firing pan such as the ones that BeadFX sell (photographed below). The problem with this method is that the steel will darken and flake into your kilns creating a black soot messing up the kiln. Of course you can vacuum out your kiln but overall this is a messy option. Hadar Jacobson, creator of a wide variety of metal clays instructs individuals to make …

The Business Chat – Guest Poster – Tackling the Hard Stuff

Catherine is sans-interwebs this week – so I said I would fill in. Course – what I know about business you can put in a thimble and rattle. Well – no longer true, but I will say – 80% of what I learned about business and marketing, I learned from Catherine. One of the more important things I learned was to shed the “but I’m an artist and artists don’t need money” attitude. When you come to crafting-for-a-living from an art background, you might have a tendency to think in terms of “the purity of art” or it’s timelessness or …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I have a special Inspiration Friday for you today. (I’ve always got a special theme up my sleeve during weeks I haven’t had time to make anything).  I’ve recently been spending far too much time on Pinterest, which could account for why I haven’t got any jewelry for you this week. 😉 Pinterest is one of the newest social media sites out there. The idea is that you share your favourite images/interests with others. It’s different enough from Flickr/Webshots that it really doesn’t take their place. I’ve come across a ton of decorating ideas, and I thought …